The Indian wicket-keeper batsman, Rishabh Pant was pleased with himself after scoring yet another hundred in the ongoing fourth and final Test against England in Ahmedabad on Friday. Pant came in with India tottering at 80 for 4 but then played a typical swashbuckling knock to bail the team out of trouble on Day 2 of the series finale at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
Pant played a flamboyant knock of 101 runs in just 118 balls with the help of 13 fours and two sixes during his maiden century-knock on home soil. This was Pant’s third Test ton and second against England in the longest format of the game. Earlier in his knock, Rishabh was a bit cautious in his approach initially but then brought out a wide variety of shots, and took India to 259 for 7 before getting out to the England fast bowler in the final session.
After the end of the Pant later revealed the team’s game plan and his mindset was when he was batting in the middle. He said, “The plan was just to build a partnership when I joined Rohit, that was the only thing on my mind. I was thinking I would assess the pitch and then play my shots. If the bowlers are bowling well respect it and take the singles, and that was on my mind.”
The 23-year-old had stitched a crucial 113-run partnership for the 7th wicket with Washington Sundar, who scored his 3rd Test fifty.
Talking about the partnership, Rishabh Pant explained, “I like to play the situation and I just see the ball and react – that’s the USP of my game. The team plan was to get to 206, past the England total, and then get as many runs as possible after that. You have to premeditate reverse-flicks, but if luck is going your way you can take the odd chance. I like to make the team win and if the crowd is entertained by that, I’m happy.”
At the end of Day 2, India reached a total of 294 for 7 at stumps on Day 2 with a lead of 89 runs over England. Washington Sundar (60*) and Axar Patel (11*) will resume India’s innings on Day 3.